Innovation

Polyplex's innovation center has adopted a 'lean innovation model' in order to create enduring value for customers. It aims to provide more than a new product or a substrate. Polyplex's innovation center has introduced value-added products in several areas through a well-defined customer engagement process to align innovations with customer requirements. The Company also focuses on developing applications and replacing existing products with alternative solutions.

  • Commitment to open innovation: Polyplex leverages the concept of co-creation while working on various innovation programmes with its stakeholders – customers, brand owners, packaging designers, suppliers and adhesive manufacturers. On the basis of this, it classifies customer engagement initiatives as V+ (value plus), W2 (win–win) and P1 (power of one).
  • Initiatives in the field of growth: Polyplex's innovation model revolves around developing new products and applications and embracing new technologies which not only cover existing but also new growth segments.

The Company offers innovative solutions to its partners. Consequently, Polyplex has successfully adopted the 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle) concept while coming up with new-age packaging substrate solutions. The Company has taken various initiatives to recycle waste, save energy and use clean technology to reassert its environmental commitment. Polyplex continually strives to manufacture sustainable products which gain global acceptance, for example green candy wraps, direct digital printable films, transparent chlorine-free high-barrier films, UV printable carton lamination films, shrink sleeve wraps and label films, etc.

Polyplex has made a name for itself by routinely introducing specialty products with various innovative applications and uses. Recent examples include films for back sheets of solar panels, thick films for electrical and electronic appliances, easy-to-tear packaging films for food and cosmetics, foldable films for medical and industrial uses, high-barrier high-adhesion films for metallic surfaces, transparent barrier films for food packaging, especially-coated PET films and specialized films for print media suitable for digital printable and UV inks, among others.

Leading its way to a sustainable future, Polyplex has come up with several projects focusing on CO2 footprint reduction. Digital printing offers high-quality graphics without the usage of solvents unlike conventional printing techniques such as Flexo and Rotogravure. With a lot of technologies available for digital printing itself, Polyplex has been able to develop products for most segments suitable for different digital technologies such as inkjet, dry toner, liquid electro-photography, etc.

Another project focused on sustainability was an attempt to convert general packaging laminate structures from 3 layers to 2 layers, which basically contributes to both source reduction as well as CO2 footprint reduction. With this idea in mind, Polyplex now has a high barrier PE which is successfully being used in shampoo and detergent packaging where it essentially converted a 3 layer structure to 2 layers.

Today, consumers have become highly demanding and are looking for more and more convenience features in packaging formats. "Reclosability", "Easy to tear" and "Save for later" have become regular concepts in the packaging market.

  • Polyplex's 'Easy and Straight' tear PET film has facilitated customer convenience through easy opening of pouches.
  • Polyplex's "Twist N Wrap" is one such development which is seen on the market shelves for leading chocolate brands in India. The concept of "Twist N Wrap" is seen as the most innovative and important feature and Polyplex's innovation has made it possible to bring it to the consumer. Apart from this, the above-mentioned innovation has made possible the conversion from a 3 layer laminate to a 2 layer laminate structure.
  • Polyplex is also working actively on nylon film replacement project with its Thermo-formable grades.
  • Polyplex has also come up with specialty coated products for aesthetically pleasing packaging structures. They are targeted to impart a more natural and paper-like look for a soft and subtle appearance.
  • With the current discussions around sustainability, Company has dedicated enough resources solely for the development of environment friendly alternatives. PCR PET with more than 30% recyclable content is one such development.
  • The Company has already Biodegradable PET in the product portfolio and currently there is a lot of work going on for developing Biodegradable sealant layer options as well such as Blown PE/PP and CPP. The Company intends to work in collaboration with adhesive manufacturers and converters in order to develop a fully biodegradable bilayer laminate which will be intended for use in Packaging applications.
  • The Company has been consistently working on developing mono-polymer structures for packaging applications. With polymeric modifications we were able to develop Heat Sealable PET films with high seal strength of upto 2kg/25mm. Such films are instrumental in designing mono-polymer PET laminates where PET films can also be used as sealant layers.

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